Social Security Administration Makes Changes to the DMF and SSDI

The following post of interest to genealogists is reposted from Steve’s Genealogy Blog.

The Social Security Administration is making changes to the public Death Master File—the source of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) that genealogists know and love to use—that’ll impact your research.

Effective today, 01 November 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its policy on what records it will use as source material for adding new entries in the Public Death Master File (DMF) which, in turn, is used to create the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

The Agency decided that it can no longer use state death records to add new entries to the DMF. Nike Air Max 2017 Femme Nike Air Max 95-360 Femme basket new balance PUMA King homme Nike Air Max 2017 Heren grijs New Balance 446 mujer Furthermore, the SSA will remove approximately 4.2 million records currently on the SSDI because those entries were made based on information from state death records. New Balance 997.5 femme James Develin nike air zoom pegasus 31 hombre I have reproduced a fact sheet about the change later in this post. cheap albion gold Nike Blazer homme adidas hamburg damskie buy albion gold Canotte Detroit Pistons You can download the original Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration’s website. Nike Air Jordan 11 Low
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  • Basically, the law says that information on state death certificates may be used to correct information already in the DMF, but may not be used for any other purpose, including adding new entries to the DMF.

    The SSA will continue to compile the DMF from a variety of sources including death reports from family members, funeral homes, hospitals, Federal agencies, postal authorities and financial institutions. Amari Cooper Alabama Jersey

    Adidas Superstar Femme Blanche nike tn noir However, state death certificates which currently generate about 1 million entries in the DMF and SSDI every year will no longer be used.

    Use of Death Certificates to Correct Program Information

    (r)(1) The Commissioner of Social Security shall undertake to establish a program under which—

    (r)(1)(A) States (or political subdivisions thereof) voluntarily contract with the Commissioner of Social Security to furnish the Commissioner of Social Security periodically with information (in a form established by the Commissioner of Social Security in consultation with the States) concerning individuals with respect to whom death certificates (or equivalent documents maintained by the States or subdivisions) have been officially filed with them; and

    (r)(1)(B) there will be (i) a comparison of such information on such individuals with information on such individuals in the records being used in the administration of this Act, (ii) validation of the results of such comparisons, and (iii) corrections in such records to accurately reflect the status of such individuals.

    (r)(6) Information furnished to the Commissioner of Social Security under this subsection may not be used for any purpose other than the purpose described in this subsection and is exempt from disclosure under section 552 of title 5, United States Code, and from the requirements of section 552a of such title.

    Fact Sheet: Change to the Public Death Master File (DMF)

    Q: What is the Public Death Master File (DMF)? A: The Public DMF is a file of all deaths reported to SSA from sources other than States, beginning around 1936. Bo Scarbrough NCAA Jersey nike outlet shop online new balance soldes louboutin pas cher femme air max pas cher It is not a complete file of all deaths and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the DMF. Air Jordan 3 Donna

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    Q: When and why did we create the Public DMF? A: We created the Public DMF in 1980 as a result of a 1978 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court by Ronald Perholtz. asics gel kinsei 5 uomo Air Joran 11 Femme Adidas Superstar Femme Maglia Blake Griffin Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw Adidas Pas Cher We make the Public DMF available through an agreement with the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), which is a part of the Department of Commerce.

    Q: Where does SSA get its death records? A: We receive death reports from family members, funeral homes, hospitals, States, Federal agencies, postal authorities and financial institutions.

    Q: What change is SSA making to the Public DMF? A: We began disclosing certain state records on the Public DMF in 2002. Nike Air Max 1 Heren wit Nike Roshe Run Enfants nike air max 90 homme pas cher After review of the Public DMF, we have determined that we can no longer disclose protected State records. adidas yeezy boost 550 femme buy ff14 gil asics gel kinsei 5 femme Section 205(r) of the Social Security Act prohibits SSA from disclosing State death records we receive through our contracts with the States, except in limited circumstances. Kemba Walker NCAA Jersey Nike Air Max 90 Femme Noir Et Blanc Nike Roshe Run Heren Therefore, we cannot legally share those State records on the Public DMF. ZOOM ALL OUT New Balance 1300 homme new balance homme adidas messi astro (Section 205r link –

    Q: When will this change be effective? A: November 1, 2011.

    Q: How will this change affect the size of the Public DMF? A: In 2010, we shared approximately 2.8 million death records, including updates or changes, on the Public DMF. Nike Roshe Run homme ADIDAS PURE BOOST

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    Q: How will customers of the Public DMF be notified of the change? A: NTIS will send a letter to their customers notifying them in advance of the change.

    Q: How will the change affect Federal agencies? A: The law allows SSA to share all death records, including State records, with agencies that pay federally funded benefits. Eddie Lacy Adidas Zx Flux Femme Blanche sac a dos kanken pas cher This change will not affect the Internal Revenue Service, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and some other Federal agencies. christian louboutin pigalle buy wow gold New Balance Baratas nike air max 2017 goedkoop NTIS will notify the 18 Federal agencies that currently purchase the Public DMF about the change.

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